JAMIE VARDY sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal in front of Southampton fans who’d taunted his wife Rebekah – while his Leicester side ran away with victory.
Jamie Vardy got back at Saints’ supporters by saluting his goal in front of themCredit: Rex
Rebekah Vardy and Jamie Vardy seemed to shrug off the taunts afterwardsCredit: PA
Rebekah Vardy looks gleeful after husband Jamie Vardy made a pointCredit: PA
Playmaker Maddison hit the 49th minute opener and supplied one of sub Ayoze Perez’s two goals.
Leicester‘s player of the season notched 18 strikes and 12 assists in all competitions – his best ever stats for a campaign.
And team-mate Vardy was in equally lively form – in other ways – as he saluted his goal at the away end following chants against his wife over her Wagatha Christie court case with Coleen Rooney.
However, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl had an angry exchange with referee Jon Moss at the end after his team ended 15th with 40 points – in the same position as last year but three points worse off.
Retiring Moss bowed out in a blaze of controversy as Southampton accused him of costing them the game with a contentious drop ball call!
Shortly after half-time Oriol Romeu halted Vardy’s progress with a sly forearm smash to the striker’s chops which flattened the Foxes forward.
Moss rightly halted play because a head knock was involved but he then handed possession to the Foxes for an uncontested drop ball.
The ball was knocked back to Kasper Schmeichel who launched it deep into Southampton’s half to return possession to them.
But Saints stopper Lyanco then blundered with a mistimed header, then compounded his error with a second attempt which failed to make it back to his keeper Alex McCarthy.
Vardy took that as the cue to resume play and nipped in fire in a shot which crashed off McCarthy’s chest.
And Maddison followed up to knock home the rebound.
Saints players surrounded Moss to argue they should have been given possession at the drop ball – however the goal stood.
That lit the touchpaper on an explosive finale.
With 16 minutes remaining Vardy silenced the Saints fans when he doubled Leicester’s lead.
Harvey Barnes’ pass looked to be heading for Maddison but Vardy intercepted it and burst through to calmly slot the ball beyond McCarthy, before turning his back on the Saints fans to point to the name on his back.
Southampton fans had to face a jubilant Jamie Vardy after his goalCredit: Rex
Leicester scorers James Maddison and Ayoze Perez rejoice after their second-half rampage at the King Power StadiumCredit: Getty
That stung the visitors, who swiftly pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Youri Tielemans stuck out a lazy leg to trip Stuart Armstrong in the box and James Ward-Prowse expertly blasted his spot kick past Schmeichel.
However, Maddison was in no mood to let Saints back in and the midfielder capped another brilliant display to put the match beyond them.
His vision allowed him to spot sub Ayoze Perez lurking at the back post and his precision pass allowed him to deliver a perfect threaded pass.
The Frenchman did the rest with an expert scissors-kick finish, then added a second to make it 4-1 in stoppage time when he slammed home a Ricardo Pereira cutback from close range to finish Saints off.
Here’s how it all unfolded at the King Power…
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